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'Wake-up call' as new report shows cancer cases could double by 2045

Irish Cancer Society says immediate action can stop this projection becoming a reality

Unless changes are made, cancer figures could almost double by 2045, the Irish Cancer Society warned today. 

The Society was responding to new figures set out in the Annual Report of the National Cancer Registry.  
CEO of the Irish Cancer Society, Averil Power, described the figures as a ‘wake-up call’ that must prompt immediate action. 

“While these projections are stark, they need not become a reality” she said. “By improving our lifestyles and availing of free screening each of us can dramatically reduce our risk of getting cancer. 

“Four in ten cancers are preventable. We can all reduce our risk of getting cancer by eating healthily, exercising and limiting our alcohol intake. Smokers can quit with the support of services such as the Irish Cancer Society’s ‘We Can Quit’ programme. The HPV vaccine also gives us an incredible opportunity to virtually eliminate cervical cancer.

“The Government must ensure the cancer prevention recommendations in the National Cancer Strategy are fully implemented. This would empower people to make healthy choices, while also increasing early detection and improving outcomes. 

“Addressing health inequalities is also a priority for the Irish Cancer Society. Disadvantaged groups are still more likely to get, and die, from cancer than more privileged groups. We won’t stand for that. We will continue to call for better access to cancer tests for all, increased uptake of screening programmes and no barriers to seeing doctors.

“Together, these actions could save thousands of lives in the years ahead”, she concluded. 

The latest Annual Report of the National Cancer Registry (NCR), released today, outlines how the number of people diagnosed with the most serious invasive cancer types could increase by 98% in the next 30 years if recent cancer rates apply to future population estimates. Taking into account similar expected rises in other tumours and non-melanoma skin cancer, the Irish Cancer Society is concerned the number for other cancers could also double by 2045.

Currently, more than 40,000 people are diagnosed with a cancer or related tumour each year in Ireland.  For more information see

The Irish Cancer Society provides support through its practical and medical services so that no-one has to go through their illness alone. To speak to a cancer nurse on any aspect of cancer, contact the Cancer Nurseline on Freephone 1800 200 700, email or drop into one of 13 Daffodil Centres in hospitals nationwide. For information on Daffodil Centre locations and opening times email For more information log onto